Passenger Service from U.S. to Cuba Restarts Wednesday with JetBlue Flight

By Paul Riegler on 31 August 2016
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DSC_4666When a JetBlue Airbus A320 takes off Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport for Santa Clara, Cuba, the New York-based airline will become the first U.S. carrier to fly scheduled service to Cuba in more than 50 years.

Flight 387, which will depart from gate F7, will include several dignitaries aboard including U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

“Today, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be on the first scheduled commercial flight in more than half a century. #Cuba,” he said earlier this week in a Twitter post.

The historic flight will be piloted by Capt. Mark Luaces, whose parents were born in Cuba. The parents of First Officer Francesco Barreras moved from Cuba to the United States in 1961, the airline said.

The flight will arrive in Cuba at 10:57 a.m., according to JetBlue’s website. The return flight leaves Santa Clara at 1:15 p.m. and is slated to arrive in Fort Lauderdale at 3:35 p.m. the same day.

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